Archive for June, 2011

You Have to Do Your Own Growing No Matter How Tall Your Grandfather Was

Quote #14 of 16: Regardless of ancestry, we are resposible for contructing the life we want to live, for becoming the person we were meant to be, for constructing a happy, meaningful life.

10 Practical Ways to Develop Self-mastery

Quote #13: “As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master.” Part 2 of 13th quote in series titled, 16 Principles of Happiness from the 16th President. No one should be master of another … except one … yourself!

5 Enslaving Habits We Must Avoid

Quote #13: “As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master.” Part 1. While the horror of slavery is rightly dead as an institution, it sadly lives on in the hearts and minds and lives of too many people. Happiness is it’s primary victim. Discover ways to free yourself from life’s varies chains.

5 Ways to Have Solid Faith in Yourself

Guest Post by M.Farouk Radwan: Practical steps to more self-confidence. The road of success is full of criticism, rejections and down times. We all know that one of the essential ingredients required for success is believing in ourselves.

There’s More than One Way to Live Forever

Quote #12 of 16: “God would not have created such a being as man, with an ability to grasp the infinite, to exist only for a day!” There is another sort of immortality that can be achieved by leaving a legacy of meaning and purpose. 5 Ways to leave a legacy

Tearing Down and Building Up: Envy and Success

“Let not him who is houseless pull down the house of another, but let him work diligently and build one for himself” Happy people build and lift, not destroy and pull down.

We've Seen Lincoln on the Penny; Now let’s hear him on Happiness!

The 16th President of the Unites States saved the Union and emancipated the slaves. He also had some wise things to say that apply to our collective pursuit of happiness: “Most folks,” for example, “are as happy as they make up their minds to be.”

Calling On All Fathers

There is no role a man can play that is more important than fatherhood. It’s been said, as a matter of fact, that no success can compensate for failure in the home. Let’s, then, make Father’s Day a day of recommitment to being the best fathers we can be! Both children and fathers will be happier for it.

16 Principles of Happiness from the 16th President

Lincoln struggled with bouts of depression, especially after losing his son to Typhoid. To make matters worse, he had a wife who would fly into fits of rage and verbal abuse. Honest Abe can teach us all about happiness, in part, because he struggled so much with his own.

The Two-Edged Sword of Stress

Stress has gotten some bad press lately. And not without good reason, I suppose. Nonetheless, while stress can cripple and debilitate, it is also necessary for life and for living. Stress is truly a two-edge sword

Happiness May Not Be What You Think It Is

The desire to live happy motivates us to pursue what we think will create it. Read More..

8 Free Father’s Day Gifts Guaranteed to Make Dad Happy

Have you been agonizing over the perfect gift for dad? Just because the economy is in the dumps, doesn’t mean you have to be! Try these free gifts that will add more meaning and happiness to the occasion, and for dad this Father’s Day

A Commencement Speech for the Graduating Class of Life

When we choose to use our limited resources in one particular way, we simultaneously choose not to use those same resources in any number of other possible ways. Here are some tradeoffs I would advise against.

A Note along the Road to Happiness

So stand up! Go live life! You have the capacity for greatness. You can live an abundant life of deep, refreshing, and rewarding joy. You can overcome anything! You can become anything! You have divine potential! So go and realize it!

The Joy of Touch

Human touch in the form of hugs and embraces, handshakes and high fives, shoulder rubs and caresses sooth and calm and speak volumes of love and affection and friendship and acceptance. So reach out and touch someone.

Accept the Things to which Fate Binds You

You can spin you’re wheels day in and day out complaining about what you don’t have, or you can spend the same hours in the same days grateful for what you do have.

Snow Endures but for a Season

An ancient rendition of, “This too shall pass.” Trials endure for a time, then end and slowly fade into the fog of memory. The snow of winter, of cold, of disappointment and pain lasts only for a season.

There is Change in All Things

“There is change in all things. You yourself are subject to continual change and some Read More..

A Light at the End of the Tunnel

Here’s the thing: If you can use the pain to do good, to save someone from having to experience the same pain, then the pain is graced, if you will, with something noble. The ugliness behind the pain isn’t meaningful, but the pain will have led to something that is deeply and even profoundly meaningful.

Pain, Sorrow and Emptiness

Through gasps of tear-filled pain, of an intensity that was heart-breaking, she told me how wonderfully things were going … externally. As she cried, she told me about the turmoil she feels at missing a family that doesn’t deserve to be missed and about external circumstances that really were pretty wonderful, all the while feeling utterly sad and empty

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